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Astronomy with a Home Computer

Handbook / Manual

Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

By: Neale Monks

202 pages, 87 illus


Paperback | Dec 2005 | #169670 | ISBN: 1852338059
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About this book

Here is a one-volume guide to just about everything computer-related for amateur astronomers!

Today's amateur astronomy is inextricably linked to personal computers. Computer-controlled "go-to" telescopes are inexpensive. CCD and webcam imaging make intensive use of the technology for capturing and processing images. Planetarium software provides information and an easy interface for telescopes. The Internet offers links to other astronomers, information, and software. The list goes on and on.

Find out here how to choose the best planetarium program: are commercial versions really better than freeware? Learn how to optimise a go-to telescope, or connect it to a lap-top. Discover how to choose the best webcam and use it with your telescope. Create a mosaic of the Moon, or high-resolution images of the planets...

Aus den Rezensionen: "In diesem Buch werden praktisch alle computer-relevanten Themen fur Amateur-Astronomen behandelt. ! Ausfuhrlich befasst sich der Autor ! mit der Auswahl und der Benutzung von Planetariumsprogrammen und anderer Astronomie-Software. ! Insgesamt ein sehr guter Auberblick uber die vielen Moglichkeiten, einen Computer in der Astronomie zu verwenden. Besonders gefallen haben mir die Auberlegungen zur Auswahl der richtigen Soft- und Hardware sowie Tipps und Tricks fur deren Verwendung." (in: Weltraumfacts, 2006, Issue 3, S. 25)


Preface.- Chapter l: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Modern amateur astronomy and the Internet.- Chapter 3: Planetarium programs and other astronomical software .- Chapter 4: Buying a go-to telescope.- Chapter 5: Using and enjoying your telescope.- Chapter 6: Webcam and digital camera astrophotography.- Appendix 1: Reading & Resources.- Appendix 2: Seeing, transparency & darkness

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